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2017

Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and the Symphony Reimagined in LJS&C February Concert

La Jolla, Calif. (January 19, 2017)The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) presents the third concert of its 62nd season, a program of extremes -- from the singular focus of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto to the post-modern pastiche of Luciano Berio’s Sinfonia. Music Director Steven Schick conducts the orchestra and guest artists, violinist David Bowlin and vocal octet Kallisti, in a concert that begins with Gioachino Rossini’s overture to the Barber of Seville.
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2016

Stravinsky’s “Psalms” and Beethoven Headline December Concert

La Jolla, Calif. (November 9, 2016)The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) presents the second concert of its 62nd season, showcasing two very different approaches to the symphony the weekend of December 3-4. Music Director Steven Schick conducts the orchestra and chorus in Igor Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms and orchestra in Beethoven’s 6th Symphony. The program also includes the premiere of Thomas Nee Commission winner Kevin Zhang’s new true mirrors, furrowed, flooded, extended quite far; and Iranian-American composer Gity Razaz’s In the Midst of Flux.
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Patrick Walders Tapped to Succeed LJS&C Choral Director David Chase in 2017-2018 Season

La Jolla, Calif. (November 1, 2016)The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Patrick Walders as its next choral director. Dr. David Chase has been the organization’s choral director since 1973 and will retire at the end of the current season in June 2017. Walders briefly served as acting choral director for LJS&C during Chase’s sabbatical last fall. He was named as Chase’s successor after a recently-concluded search that included both local and out-of-state candidates. Walders is an Associate Professor of Music at San Diego State University (SDSU), where he conducts the Aztec Concert Choir, SDSU Chamber Choir, and oversees the University Chorus. Additionally, he maintains an active career as a professional vocalist, music educator, church musician, clinician and conductor.
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Beethoven’s 5th Symphony Launches New Season

La Jolla, Calif. (October 11, 2016)The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) presents the opening concert of its 62nd season, showcasing music of composers written during the rich midpoint of their careers. Music Director Steven Schick conducts Beethoven’s famous Symphony No. 5 in a program that includes Alexander Scriabin’s Le Poème de l’extase (Poem of Ecstasy) and two newer works: Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Aeriality and Bryce Dessner’s Lachrymae.
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Steven Schick Renews Contract with LJS&C

La Jolla, Calif. (August 25, 2016)The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) is pleased to announce the renewal of Music Director Steven Schick’s contract through June 2022. The current 2016-2017 season is Schick’s 10th anniversary with the ensemble. The five-year renewal for his services as music director and conductor will take effect beginning July 1, 2017.
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Hindemith’s Finest Work for Chorus and Orchestra, Britten’s An American Overture in Season Finale

La Jolla, Calif. (May 11, 2016)The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) presents the final concert of its 61st season, Soundscape San Diego, in this imaginative pairing of works written in America by two European masters. Choral Director David Chase leads the orchestra, chorus, and soloists Janelle DeStefano and Darren Chase in Paul Hindemith’s When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d: a Requiem for those we love. The concert opens with Benjamin Britten’s An American Overture.
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Soundscape San Diego: Russian Remembrance

La Jolla, Calif. (April 1, 2016)The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) presents the fifth concert of its 61st season, Soundscape San Diego. Guest Conductor Rodrigo Ruiz leads the orchestra and guest artist Andrea Fortier, Viola, in a fiery program featuring Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 9, Bartók’s "Viola Concerto", and Tchikovsky’s Symphony No. 4.
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A Symphonic Exploration of Space, Land and Sea

La Jolla, Calif. (February 18, 2016)The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) presents the fourth concert of its 61st season themed Soundscape San Diego: exploration and remembrance. The March 12-13 performances will be a multi-media concert for the senses. Music Director Steven Schick conducts the orchestra, performing with film, in Gotham -- a joint production by filmmaker Bill Morrison and composer Michael Gordon that depicts the gritty energy and contrasting landscapes of 19th century New York. On the second half, Schick leads orchestra and chorus, soloists, children’s choir and dancers in Igor Stravinsky’s opulent and rarely performed melodrama that tells the tale of the Greek goddess Persephone.
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A Symphonic Exploration of Space, Land and Sea

La Jolla, Calif. (January 6, 2016)The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) presents the third concert of its 61st season themed Soundscape San Diego: exploration and remembrance. Music Director Steven Schick conducts the orchestra and guest artist Lisa Moore, piano, in a transcendental program featuring György Ligeti’s Atmosphères; Philip Glass’ Piano Concerto No. 2, “after Lewis and Clark”; the premiere of Erik Griswold’s Jeux à la fin du monde; and Debussy’s La Mer.
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2015

December Concert of Remembrance and Triumph of the Human Spirit

La Jolla, Calif. (November 11, 2015)The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) presents the second concert of its 61st season, Soundscape San Diego: exploration and remembrance, in two performances on December 5-6. Music Director Steven Schick conducts the orchestra, chorus, and soloists in four works: John Luther Adams’ The Light That Fills the World, a premiere by this year’s Thomas Nee Commission winner Ori Talmon, Samuel Barber’s Prayers of Kierkegaard, and Aaron Copland’s Symphony No. 3.
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2014 Pulitzer Prize-Winning "Become Ocean" Opens 61ST Season

La Jolla, Calif. (October 7, 2015)The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) presents the opening concert of its 61st season, Soundscape San Diego: exploration and remembrance. The October 31-November 1 program offers variety and emotional depth, featuring works by Brahms, Varèse, and the regional premiere of John Luther Adams’ Become Ocean, winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Music.
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A Grand Oratorio and Beloved Violin Concerto Conclude the Season

La Jolla, Calif. (May 12, 2015)The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) presents the final concert of its 60th anniversary season, The Nature of Things, on June 6 and 7. Choral Director David Chase conducts the orchestra, chorus, and guest artists Annelle Gregory, violin; Priti Gandhi, soprano; Edward Mout, tenor; and San Diego North Coast Singers youth choir in a poetic and uplifting season-ending concert featuring Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and the West Coast premiere of Jonathan Dove’s oratorio, There Was a Child.
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Two Symphonies and a “Tele-concerto” in May

La Jolla, Calif. (April 10, 2015)The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) presents the fifth concert of its 60th anniversary season, themed The Nature of Things. Guest conductor Christopher Rountree, artistic director and conductor of wild Up, an adventurous chamber group that blends new music, classical repertoire, performance art, and pop, leads a unique American program: Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1 “Jeremiah”; the world premiere of Yeung-ping Chen’s The Moon in La Jolla, this year’s Thomas Nee Commission; and Charles Ives’ Symphony No. 2. Mezzo-soprano Heather Johnson solos in the Bernstein.
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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Announces 2015-2016 Concert Season

La Jolla, Calif. (March 24, 2015)The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) announces its 2015-2016 season themed “Soundscape San Diego: exploration and remembrance,” a six-concert subscription series plus two free concert events. Season highlights offer three works by visiting composer John Luther Adams, including Sila: The Breath of the World performed in Balboa Park’s Japanese Friendship Garden and his 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning Become Ocean; a choreographed version of Igor Stravinsky’s Persephone with Lux Boreal Dance Company of Tijuana; Michael Gordon and Bill Morrison’s haunting, multimedia depiction of early New York City, Gotham; and exciting guest artists including pianists Aleck Karis and Lisa Moore, Alice Teyssier (as narrator in Persephone), and singers Janelle DeStefano and Darren Chase (son of choral director David Chase).
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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Amasses 300 performers for Berlioz’s Spectacular “Requiem”

La Jolla, Calif. (February 23, 2015)The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) performs Hector Berlioz’s Requiem in its fourth concert of its 60th anniversary season. Music Director Steven Schick will conduct orchestra, chorus, and special guests -- the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus and tenor soloist John Tiranno, in one of the most fabulous pieces of music ever conceived. The concert is offered in three performances: March 13-15, 2015.
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February Concert Features “Cello Goddess” Maya Beiser in Two Works Along with Nielsen’s “Inextinguishable” Symphony

La Jolla, Calif. (February 5, 2015) — San Diego’s nationally-recognized community orchestra and chorus announces its partnership with Balboa Park’s Japanese Friendship Garden for a free performance of “Sila: The Breath of the World,” as part of the Balboa Park Centennial Celebration. Composed by 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winner John Luther Adams and performed under the direction of Steven Schick, music director for the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C), “Sila” is a site-determined work that is influenced by the space it inhabits. Listeners are free to wander throughout the garden while up to 80 musicians, strategically placed across the terrain, create an exploratory and immersive experience for audience members. The 70-minute piece will be performed on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015.
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